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What is a Vibrator? | How does a Vibrator Work?

What is a Vibrator? | How does a Vibrator Work?

Last Updated on April 20, 2022

Say the word “vibrator” and the mind automatically thinks of of a masturbation or sex aid, but do you know exactly what is a vibrator? Ever wonder how does a vibrator work? Don't be shy of asking these questions, people ask me every day!

Once you know how it works and the intricacies of the designs, you can take this knowledge under the covers and find your perfect match for stunningly impressive orgasms. That's not just a string of fancy descriptive words either – ask any lady who has a collection under her bed – vibrators are the key to amazing orgasms.

Regardless of if you're single, in a dating relationship or married, vibrating sex toys add the perfect spice to your love life and are extremely popular for couple to use together during foreplay.

Men are even using vibrators now! Sexual liberation and pleasure is plentiful thanks to online sex stores like us that provide not only great products to buy, but a wealth of information to help a beginner locate the right type that will best suit their unique needs and desires.

Q. What is a Vibrator?

A. The vibrator is a sex toy with a motor used for sexual stimulation. It can be inserted into the vagina or anus or be held over the clitoris or nipples.

That's the most basic answer, but if we take a closer look you'll note several different sizes, shapes, functions and features. Not every device is designed to be inserted into the body either. Some are for external use – think clitoral and/or nipple stimulation. For newbies to all of this, it's worth noting the difference between vibrator vs dildo before moving on. Also take a moment to learn what is a dildo for technicalities that differentiate in comparison to other sex toys.

Vibrators can be classified into one of the following categories:

  1. Vaginal vibrators such as vibrating dildos or G Spot vibrators.
  2. Clitoral vibrators such as vibrating bullets or pocket rockets.
  3. Anal vibrators such as vibrating butt plugs bullets or prostate massagers.

Q. How Does a Vibrator Work?

A. Inside the shaft is a small spinning motor with an offset weight attached to a pin. The motor makes the weight spin in a circular motion, but because the weight is off center, the motion creates a “thumping” or “buzzing” type of sensation.

You may notice that some toys feel different than others when the power has been activated. There is a general rule that determines exactly HOW the vibrator operates:

  • The bigger or heavier the weight, the more it feels like a “thumping” or pounding type of sensation.
  • The smaller or lighter the weight, the more it creates a higher pitch “buzzing” type of sensation.

You may have seen models that mention “multi function”. Some luxury models feature vibrating patterns like escalating (going from slow to fast) or a quick pulse (alternating quickly between on and off to create a pulsing sensation). These motors work in the same may except the intensity of the movement is throttles to create a different vibrating “pattern”.

Some women (or even men) enjoy starting off with a lighter setting at first while the body becomes sexually aroused, then as orgasm approaches, they flick the motor controls (either by pressing a button or turning a wheel) to the highest setting to add extra power that coincides with the onset of orgasm. It's no surprise to hear the top rated vibrators have variable speeds and often have patterns allowing the user to throttle the intensity based off their current rate of sexual arousal.

Q. What is a Vibrator For?

A. The vibrator is for sexual pleasure. They can either “warm up” the body by increasing libido and encouraging the vagina to relax by self-lubricating before sexual intercourse. Vibrators are also for “the big-O” when strong, consistent stimulation brings the user to a highly pleasurable orgasm.


Rabbit Vibrators

Q. What is a Rabbit Vibrator?

A. The rabbit vibrator has a small extension attached to the shaft that stimulates the clitoris whilst the main portion inserts into the vagina.

The rabbit ears are designed to hug the sides of the clitoris producing a 360 bombardment of vibration. In the meantime, the shaft inside the vagina vibrates or rotates for added stimulation.

Many rabbit vibrators are highly complex with spinning beads and multiple functions making them one of the most highly specialized sex toys for female orgasms.

How does the vibrator work? It follows the exact same concept as above, but both motors are self contained so you can't see the weight spinning inside. A shaft with beads work similarly where there is an axis that twirls the metal beads in unison within the shaft. Often the head will gyrate at the same time (move in a 360 degree circular motion).

Learn everything there is to know about rabbit vibrators in my pride & joy hallmark guide. This complete users manual is the biggest FAQ on the topic I've ever seen!

It is said every women must own a rabbit sex toy, and I firmly believe that's a true statement. (Yes, I own several myself.) Fun fact: rabbit vibrators were first made famous by the television series Sex and the City.


Bullet Vibrator

Q. What is a Bullet Vibrator?

A. The bullet vibrator is a small device designed for clitoral stimulation.

The most misunderstood and underrated sex toy of them all, what's a vibrating bullet? They pack an intense punch and provide a massive improvement to the sex life. It is the only style not intended to be inserted into the body.

What is the vibrator for? Bullet style vibes are for precise clitoral stimulation. Women with vaginal dryness often hold it over the clitoris for a minute or so to increase sexual arousal and relax the vagina before sexual intercourse.

Learn how to use a bullet vibrator in my other hallmark users guide, complete with unique tips that you won't see anywhere else. You can thank my 15 years of experience for this!

Bullet sex toys nestle between the labia to tease the vagina entrance, and also press firmly on the clitoris to quickly bring a lady to orgasm. The best vibrating eggs will provide more coverage, vibrating the vagina entrance as a whole to stimulate a bigger space instead of precision on one spot only.


G-spot Vibrator and Dildo

Q. What is a G-Spot Vibrator?

A. The G-spot vibrator has a curved tip to stimulate the G-spot. It can also be used to stimulate the male prostate gland, also known as P Spot.

What is the difference between G-spot dildos and vibrators? Following the rule above, the G-spot dildo does not vibrate, and the vibrator does. Most often the motor is right in the tip to produce powerful and precise stimulation on the magic spot.

A dildo is typically a sex toy that looks like a penis. The curved dildo is no different. These also looks real, but only with a steeply angled curve. You'll find out quickly that the circumcised shaped mushroom tip is tailor made for perfect G Spot love. If only real men had curved penises like this - sex would be even more explosive! (lol)

Learn about G Spot anatomy. You'll even discover that men are buying them up to stick in their butt - What?? Yes, the male P-spot, or prostate also has a similar reach as the female hot spot, but instead of a vagina, it's located in his anus.

Q. What is a Thrusting Vibrator?

A. The thrusting vibrator has a shaft that moves up & down on a vertical axis.

When you're bored with the original stationary sex toy, try a thrusting dildo! The movement is intended to stimulate the motions of sexual intercourse, thrusting and penetration. Just like the rabbit, most are quite complex with external stimulators, spinning pearl or metal beads and gyrating heads.

How does the vibrator work? These function in so much detail that I've published a guide exclusively covering the topic. Learn everything there is to know about the thrusting vibrator. Watch videos of them in motion and discover the inner workings of this over-the-top type of ladies adult toy.

What is a Vibrator Dildo?

The premium realistic vibrating dildos for sale feature the best dual density surface with two layers of construction. The bottom layer is denser and the top layer is malleable so when you stroke the shaft, the surface moves and feels like the skin on a real dick. The flared base helps in keeping a firm grip on the sex toy for maximum pleasure.

These eternal erections come in a variety of textures, from soft, short and lifelike for intimate, erotic lovin' to hard, long and rubbery for fast, vigorous thrusting. Modern and new to classic and timeless, unique designs that are good remain unchanged over the generations. We see new and exciting features introduced regularly too, so something original is always trending!

The reliable realistic vibrator with a rubber shaft remains the best selling material, probably because the price point is typically lower so it offers the best value for the dollar. Silicone feels the most realistic whereas the rubber dick shape looks like a real cock. Rubber is firmer; therefore the different shapes of a real human penis detail can be captured down to the tiniest wrinkle and dimple.

How do Vibrators Work? Battery vs. Rechargeable

One of the newest and hottest trends is the fascinating USB vibrator. These do not require batteries to work. They have a USB power cord included that you plug into an electrical adapter or your computer.

These vibrators are more modern looking and sleek with elegant designs. If you approach it with a mechanical mindset, you'll understand what's going on here. Instead of needing space to hold batteries, the interior components can now be offered up for extra wiring, which also means room to pack in more features.

Rechargeable vibrators have tons of fancy features such as suction, roller balls, “come hither” motions for the G Spot, and all sorts of neat additions that old fashioned traditional vibrators just don't have space for. These vibrators work harder for your pleasure.

All these fine features come at a cost however, they are more expensive than a battery operated dildo. How do vibrators work? You get what you pay for, so splurging on something luxurious will provide more options for personal pleasure time.

Your Personal Pleasure Begins Now

Now you know what is a vibrator and how it works, it's time to take this new knowledge and do some shopping and have a little erotic fun! There is quite literally a library's worth of content to discover when it comes to this style of personal pleasure enhancer.

The majority of customers purchase a large vibrator instead of an average length one because the typical usage is for fantasy fetish vagina stuffing fun. Buying one of the models bigger than a typical man's erection lets a lady secretly be naughty in her bedroom. We speak of "indulging in a secret fantasy", and a thick, chunky & oversized fake cock shaft is the pinnacle of it all for frisky females shopping online.

Other materials like gel or jelly rubber can be soft and squishy or solid and hard. It's hard to tell just by looking at pictures in a dildo shop catalog. The densities vary greatly, so describe the feel and texture in each product description and uploaded photos with a hand holding the shaft to better demonstrate size and flexibility.

With hundreds of unique designs, there it something for everyone. Each person must put in the effort to find the right one by reading my blog, checking reviews online etc. Once you've discovered the perfect toy for you though, pleasure comes quickly!



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Mayla Green

Mayla Green has been involved in the sex toy industry since 2004. Working behind the motto “Sex TOYS should be FUN”, Mayla provides unique tips & advice amassed from over a decade of hands on experience with adult products. She also coaches clients how to fully enjoy sexual pleasure and can be seen in major publications & magazines online.

Happily married since 2009, she knows firsthand how the sex life eventually becomes repetitive (which truthfully means boring), so if you're looking to spice things up in the bedroom, Mayla's your gal! Her literary pride & joy is covering topics for established couples needing inspiration to keep lovemaking exciting and fun.

Not in a relationship? Her other focus is teaching women how to properly handle the “little person in the canoe” to experience the best orgasms ever, no partner required! Her creative and innovative tips, techniques and advice is on par with a certified sex therapist or Sexologist, but with an extra advantage from her knowledge of the adult toy business.

View all articles published by Mayla Green exclusively for The Adult Toy Shop sex blog and Mayla Green's Pressfolio to follow her newest & trending content published online.

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